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December 10, 2011

The True Face of the Iraq War

Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least.

WMD? C’mon. It was a cowboy thing from the beginning. …Playing cowboy.

(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    Hey can you a spare a dime for a cowboy vet? I’m comin’ home….

  • BooksAlive

    Yep, I bought four books from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America written by vets of the Iraq war. The theme in the ones I’ve read was their eagerness to be trained on weapons and then to use them.

  • http://www.petercalvin.com Peter A. Calvin

    “Never apologize, it’s a sigh of weakness”  Waynes’s character from one of John Ford’s cavalry films.

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      Never learn from your mistakes, never get punished for your crimes.

  • Chris

    The bracelet under the cuff adds a contradictory elment to this.

  • Chris

    The bracelet under the cuff adds a contradictory elment to this.

  • Chris

    The bracelet under the cuff adds a contradictory elment to this.

  • Chris

    The bracelet under the cuff adds a contradictory elment to this.

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